Pastor Stephanie began serving at Agnus Dei Lutheran church in 2014. Until then, she spent most of her life in the Midwest, and truly appreciates the Pacific Northwest "winters." She's a proud graduate of Wartburg Theological Seminary, where her passions for social justice, cross-generational ministry and learning to have more FUN at church were cultivated. She loves living close to the church, and you can often find her and her husband (see bio below) walking down Peacock Hill Road. She loves playing her clarinet, getting lost in a good book, and spending time hiking, kayaking and generally inhaling fresh air!
Pastor Seth Novak
Before coming to Agnus Dei in 2014, Pr. Seth was born in Montana, earned his BS in Chemistry from the University of Idaho in Moscow, and graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA. He’s happy to be back in the West near real mountains again. Seth loves the Church and loves making it his job: everything from the liturgy to celebrating Holy Communion to working with his wife. In addition to all the “pastory” stuff, Seth enjoys riding his bicycle, putting on chemistry demonstrations, and generally being outside.
Cindy Beals, Office Administrator
Cindy was born and raised in the Northwest. She moved with her family to Gig Harbor and joined Agnus Dei in 2001. She began working in the office in 2004. Cindy loves her job because it allows a nice balance between times of solitude in which to work creatively and time surrounded by all the wonderful people of Agnus Dei and the Little Lambs Preschool. When she is not at work she enjoys reading, gardening and dreaming up home improvement projects with her husband Bob. She also loves spending time with her kids and extended family.
Shari Shull, Minister of Music/Organist As an Associate in Ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Shari serves Agnus Dei as organist, choir director, worship planner, as well as overseeing our entire music ministry. Her formal education was acquired at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Trinity Lutheran Seminary.
Shari is a member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and is past dean of the Tacoma Chapter of the American Guild of Organists where she served as director of the Pipe Organ Encounter Technical program in the summer of 2013 for the National AGO. As an organ recitalist, she has been heard on Pipedreams on National Public Radio and in organ concerts in several states on the east coast and in Washington.
Susan Luebeck, Church Musician Beginning in her very earliest childhood memories, Susan has felt a deeply spiritual connection with music. She earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance at the University of Washington as a student of international concert artist, Bela Siki. She has served as pianist at Agnus Dei Lutheran since the year 2000, and has mentored private piano students for 35+ years. Susan believes that, as Brian Wren says, worship music is a "vehicle" for the congregation's encounter with God, and that it should not only encourage and inspire, but help form our spirituality and shape our theology. She approaches her role in presenting this musical vehicle--one of worship, spiritual encounter, and inspiration-- with great care, awe and joy.Susan lives in an old, old house on the Burley Lagoon. Her loves include poetry, salty air and early mornings on the lagoon, musing, and spending hours adrift in her leaky rowboat.
Annie Bedrossian, Nursery Care Provider Introducing our newest staff member, Annie Bedrossian! Annie staffs our nursery on Sunday mornings from 8:15 to 12:15. Annie is mom to three grown children, Alexandria, Taylor and Donovon, who are all attending college. Although her week day job is Dental Assisting, Annie has always been interested in early childhood development and loves spending time with children.
Shannon Moore, Little Lambs Preschool Director
Shannon was raised in Gig Harbor and after graduating from Central Washington University with a degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, she moved back. She is a mom of two boys that attend Purdy Elementary where she went to school. She loves working with the amazing families that come to Little Lambs Preschool. Shannon likes to be involved in her community and that is one of the reasons that she is a Den Leader for cubscouts. Some of Shannon’s hobbies are reading, knitting, traveling, and baking (especially cupcakes). She loves the Seahawks! Shannon’s favorite quote is “Your life is your message to the world. Make sure it’s inspiring.”- Anonymous